found on auction - any info please

blangley

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Hello all

picked this clock up on an auction, missing some bits.

Height is 94 cm, base is 34cm and depth is 25cm.

I have not seen anything like it and googling I cant find same.

I cant find any maker or brand marks on the case or movement, though have not taken dial off yet.(didnt see anything when looking in the space between dial and front plate)

Any info will be appreciated.

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Chris Radano

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It looks like an industrial clock, probably ran a timer for some type of mechanical application. Yours is tall.
Is the case bronze? Maybe it was in some sort of mechanical or steam room in a harsh environment.
Movement is English, probably 3rd quarter 19th century. The teeth of the escape wheel look like it is a dead beat, so probably a very good timekeeper. Do you have the pendulum? I would doubt the pendulum is very long. There was probably machinery inside the case.

Here's a similar type I have. There is an extra wheel and a worm gear that remain between the movement plates, but I don't know what was their application. Probably a long forgotten Victorian technology.
 
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Andy Dervan

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Clock has typical look for German grandfather clock ca 1900-1910, however the movement is fusee, so I believe it is probably English from same time period. The fusee chain in broken and it is missing the pendulum rod and bob.

There is a name on the dial "LANG" that might be either a retailer or the company that assembled the clock.

Andy Dervan
 

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Cool. Yes, please, what is the case material? Is the worm driven by the hour shaft?

17 and 1/2 jewels? Is it really so jeweled? What's a half-jewel? Maybe escapement parts in the past were counted as half a jewel, but would you need one for exit and another for entry?

The name may be Lang (Lange?) or perhaps Lanc so maybe Lance or (seems like only 5 letters, but) Lancer Lancet?

The dial says "guaranteed to...split" and "until...minutes" which makes me think it may have been a time recorder, but with the missing machinery running off an hour wheel, it seems like it would not be very precise recorder. Unless it ran for a lot of (more than 8?) days and measured over a long period. Wonder what went onto the two fastener holes on the outside of the case. A winding and setting log book?

I'll bet a British industrial historian would know what this thing once did. Might need a Brit for that :)

Good luck with it!
 

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When I first glanced at the photos I was unimpressed. When I took a closer look, my opinion changed dramatically. Very interesting clock you have there. I hope to see it restored. I'll bet the right restoration work on the dial and paint on the case (perhaps in a color other than black?) and this might be a stunner.
 
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S_Owsley

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I think the case in a chalky dark blue or dark red would contrast nicely with the brass and still look authentic.
 

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Nice find, at first I thought it was just a typical first half of 20th century German tall case clock, but then the Fusee movement threw me. It is not so uncommon though, German style cases with English movements in them. I have a Hanson tall case C1920 that has a Enfield movement in it
 

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